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Friendly Sons gather for 97th banquet

Awards presented Thursday night to Paul Leonard, Joseph Joyce, Bob Calpin

Grand Marshal Sgt. Neil Murphy of Pittston City Police carries in the flag of Ireland .

Achievement Award winner Robert Calpin shows his appreciation at the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Banquet Thursday night.

Photos by BILL TARUTIS

Joseph J. Joyce receives the Professor W. Francis Swingle Award.

New President Patrick Gilligan takes over the reins at the conclusion of the banquet.

Paul Leonard was honored as Man of the Year at the 97th annual Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Banquet Thursday night at The Woodlands.

President Mike Cadden presided over the proceedings at which Joseph Joyce received the W. Francis Swingle Award and Bob Calpin received a Lifetime Achievement award.

Guest speaker was Charley Molnar, Notre Dame football offensive coordinator.

Toastmaster was Kurt Aaron, of WNEP-TV.

Sgt. Neil Murphy of the Pittston Police Department served as grand marshal. General chairman was City Councilman Joseph Chernouskas.

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